We want healthy, vibrant communities that support their needs – needs like health care, housing, childcare, education, and jobs. Instead, Hawai`i has prioritized investing in a punitive system that fails to deliver justice, spending more than $300 million annually on policing and prisons.
The result? Black, Brown, and Indigenous residents - namely Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders are disproportionately stopped, searched, and imprisoned while the number of people killed by Honolulu police increases every year. For too long, police have been allowed to police themselves, wielding enormous power with little meaningful oversight or accountability.
For these reasons, we are organizing to reimagine policing in Honolulu. With your help we can ensure Hawai`i is a home that prioritizes people and communities not policing and prisons.
- We hold bi-weekly planning meetings to hold Honolulu Police Commission (HPC) accountable. The HPC hires and fires the police chief, provides oversight to police administrative rules, budget, and police misconduct complaints.
- We watch the HPC meetings and teach people how to testify at commission meetings.